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District 7

Shaun Abreu

Upper West Side (Central), Upper West Side-Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights, Manhattanville-West Harlem, Hamilton Heights-Sugar Hill, Washington Heights (South), Upper West Side-Manhattan Valley

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By Ethan Stark-Miller

“Rats do not run our city,” famous rodent-hater Mayor Eric Adams proclaimed in City Hall Wednesday.

Adams announced June 28 that he is escalating his war against rats and highlighted two proposed rules aimed at reducing mountains of unsightly black garbage bags that line city streets in order to cut off the four-legged creatures’ main food source.


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By Tim Balk and Chris Sommerfeldt

A majority of the City Council has signed a letter calling on Mayor Adams to add at least $195 million for legal service providers to next year’s budget, warning that the city-supported lawyers face a “funding crisis.”

The letter, carrying signatures from 26 of the Council’s 51 members, said local right-to-counsel providers and public defenders need salary increases to ensure free legal services are available to millions of New Yorkers who rely on them.


By: Shaun Abreu & Shekar Krishnan

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One of our city’s most important and effective tenant protections is in the midst of a funding crisis, and low-income New Yorkers are suffering the consequences.

NYC’s landmark Right to Counsel program, launched in 2017, was developed with the intention of ensuring that all low-income New Yorkers could access free legal representation in housing court, preventing unnecessary evictions that contribute to homelessness. 


By: ABC Eyewitness News

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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — New York City crossing guards held a rally with officials Monday morning to protest the cutting of hundreds of positions.

There are currently about 2,200 crossing guards throughout NYC, but the plan is to cut about 200 vacancies, and another 200 jobs that were to be made available.


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By Olivia Land

New York City lawmakers approved a bill to ban weight and height discrimination this week, making the city the largest municipality in the country to ban anti-fat bias.

The proposal passed the New York City Council by a vote of 44-5 on Thursday.


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By Giulia Heyward

New York City is set to become the largest municipality to ban discrimination against someone because of a number on the scale.

On Thursday, the City Council was poised to pass a measure that prohibits bias against a person because of their weight – or height – in employment, housing and other public accommodations.


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By Vanessa Yurkevich

New York (CNN) — Victoria Abraham graduated from New York University last year, ready to enter the job market. She is a self-proclaimed “fat activist” who has found her voice as a content creator online, but has concerns about applying for new job.


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By Nathalie Jimenez

New York City has passed a bill outlawing discrimination based on weight, joining a growing movement in the US to make size a protected trait on par with race and gender.

More than 40% of American adults are considered obese and studies show weight stigma is pervasive.


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By Kevin Duggan

Mountains of trash, mountains of politics.

The Department of Sanitation documented in a much-anticipated report that the Big Apple can containerize the garbage that lines city sidewalks, but to make it work, Mayor Adams will have to invest in a wholesale overhaul of the world’s largest municipal trash collection agency